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by George Malik on 05/27/13 at 11:44 AM ET
Updated 4x at 1:37 PM: Before Game 5, Chicago Blackhawks forward Jamal Mayers tried to "stir things up" while helping his fellow Blackhawks work on faceoff during warm-ups before Game 5 between the Blackhawks and Red Wings, but Mayers also made sure to shoot some pucks on Jimmy Howard from the Blackhawks' side of center ice (it's not that uncommon for a player to chip a puck into the opposition's empty net after goalies have left the ice as territory-marking, but it's frowned upon), and the NHL did not take too kindly to Mayers' breaching of playoff etiquette:
Update: Well of course Mayers isn't contrite at all. Chicago leadership at its best:
Quite frankly, in addition to being cheap, allowing this kind of thing to happen is dangerous. You can ding an unsuspecting opponent in the skates or the back of the legs, and if the opponent falls over and gets concussed or injured, that's scary stuff.
Update #3: The Chicago Tribune's Chris Kuc spoke with the...repentant Mayers?
"I was trying to get under their skin, I'm not going to hide behind it or lie to you," Mayers said following the Hawks' morning skate prior to Game 6 on Monday at Joe Louis Arena. "The league fined me and took the appropriate action and I'll play the piper.
"All of us in there will do anything to win," Mayers added. "I don't want the focus to be me. I was just trying to get under their skin. The guys are playing unbelievable and playing really well. We've got a huge task in front of us."
Update #4: Mayers issued similar statements to the Chicago Tribune's Chris Kuc.
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